Friday, August 31, 2018

Launch of Parallels Desktop 14

Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions and are the creators of the #1 hot selling software that allows users to run Windows applications seamlessly on a Mac!
 
 
Recently, I attended the Launch of Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac which was held at Andaz Singapore with my blogger friends. Before the presentation commenced, we were treated to a spread of yummy canapés, refreshing cold pressed juices, hot teas, white wines and champagne
 
 
 

 
With Parallels Desktop 14, users can enjoy significant storage savings of up to 20GB of disk space, utilise an 80% faster application launch time, a 10% increase in boot up timing, improved graphics and the latest version of Parallels Toolbox for Windows or Mac. 
 
 
Parallels Desktop 14 offers a significant storage saving, with faster launch times, improved graphics and the latest versions of Parallels Toolbox for Windows or Mac. Through Parallels Desktop 14, users now can access more windows features on the Mac than ever before!
 

 
Lastly, during the event, we were introduced to the shared camera technology with cameras that support up to 4K resolutions. Look, that's us on the screen! I was rather impressed by the clarity and sharpness of the pictures. Even the colours reflected on the screen were accurate and lively too!

 
Anyone who is interested to find out more about the pricing of Parallels Desktop Subscriptions can check out the below! :-
 
  • Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac - US$79.99 annual subscription / US$99.99 for a perpetual license. 
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition - US$99.99/year  
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition - US$99.99/year  
  • Upgrade from Parallels Desktop 12/13 to Parallels Desktop 14 - US$49.99 for perpetual license.   
  • Upgrade from Parallels Desktop 12/13 to Parallels Desktop Pro Edition - US$49.99/year
 Do note that each Parallels Desktop Subscription comes with a complimentary concurrent subscription to Parallels Toolbox for Mac or Windows. The subscriptions are available for online download at Parallels Official Website. Users can also try out their 14-day full-featured trial for free!
 
 
 There is no difference on the functionality of the above 2 products. The smaller box is meant for Apple retail stores.

 
I was happy that I could catch up with my blogger friends at the event. It was so fun to attend this media event with them! Thank you IN.FOM and Parallels for having us!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Lost World of Terranova by The Gem Museum

The Gem Museum is Singapore's first and most comprehensive private gem museum to the public which was first founded in 2015. It aims to become the international platform that bridges the gemstone industry and the rest of the world.

 
The Gem Museum presented 'The Lost World of Terranova' themed gemstone exhibition in celebration of Singapore's Night Festival's 11th Anniversary. 
 

In the World of Terranova, there are hidden gems buried within the various terrains - 'Mystical Meteo', 'Crystal Mountain', 'Pearly River' and 'Fantasy Garden'. 

 
The first terrain was 'Mystical Meteo'. A giant crater was created when the asteroid struck, and it left behind space debris of meteorites and tektites. They are rarer than diamonds! 
 
 
The second terrain was 'Crystal Mountain', and it was filled with glowing gems of spinels, rubies, amber rocks and petroleum quartz. These fluorescent minerals are unique as they have the ability to absorb a small amount of light which is then stored in them temporarily! The light is then released at a different wavelength to create visible fluorescent effects of different colors inside the mineral.
 
I got a marble spinel, courtesy of The Gem Museum. 

 
The third terrain was a sparkling long 'Pearly River' which was scattered with pearls and opals of different shapes and sizes. 
 
The fourth and the last terrain, 'Fantasy Garden' contains many beautiful colored gemstones of emeralds, sapphires and mushroom tourmalines. 
 




 
I was glad to attend the Media Preview of The Lost World of Terranova which was held at The Gem Museum. It showcased many unusual terrarium exhibits of fossils, meteorites and gemstones with phenomenal effects under different lightings. 
 

 
For more information, you can visit their website at www.thegemmuseum.gallery/
 

Friday, August 24, 2018

[food review] Jumbo Goldmine Hotpot at Thai Goldmine Kitchen

Thai Goldmine Kitchen first started operations in 2015 as a hawker stall in HarbourFront Centre's food court, 'Tuckshop'. They offer authentic yet affordable delicious Thai dishes which are suitable for casual dining and group gatherings. 2 years later, they opened their first eatery place in Kitchener Road. There is neither a service charge nor a GST charge, hence prices are rather friendly to one's pockets!

The chefs come from different parts of Thailand, and they bring in their own interpretation of authentic Thai food. Recently, they have offered Singapore's biggest and hottest Thai hotpot, the aptly named 'Jumbo Goldmine Hotpot'. It is available in 4 different versions/editions with 4 challenging spicy levels - 1,2,3 and 10! 


Jumbo Goldmine (Pork version) SGD38
Jumbo Goldmine (Seafood version) SGD58
Jumbo Goldmine (Mixed Seafood + Pork version) SGD68
Jumbo Goldmine (Mixed Seafood + Pork with Lobster version) SGD88

                                         Spicy levels 
Level 1: Mild spicy 
Level 2: Chilli Padi kinda spicy
Level 3: 'too much' Chilli Padi kinda spicy
Level 10: The initial heat burns the back of your throat

 

Upon reaching the premises, I was served a refreshing Butterfly Pea Drink. 


Diners are allowed to leave their sketches, mementos, as well as compliments on the food and service on the restaurant's walls. Feel free to read through the notes while waiting for the food to be served! 


We played it safe, and went for a level 2 (chilli padi with kinda spicy). We felt that the spiciness was a little too hot, even for just level 2! A sample size spoonful of level 10 was given to each of us for a taste! Oh well, 1 sip was kinda manageable but I am not sure if I can handle the whole pot! 


Tasty seafood and pork meat with Thai Mama Noodles are cooked in zesty tom yum broth on a stove to ensure it is hot till the last drop! They are generous in their serving portions, but most importantly, I loved how the broth soaked up all the goodness and flavour from the seafood!

The ingredients include the whole squid and their signature hand-made pork balls. Do remember not to over-cook them, in order to ensure the texture remains soft and chewy. I love the hand-made pork balls very much, and the soup tasted awesome as it had a well balanced taste/aroma of lime and lemongrass.



We ended our tasting with some thai desserts, Durian Sticky Rice and Red Ruby!


The durian purée went pretty well with the warm sticky rice. 



Thai Goldmine Kitchen is a good alternative to the famous Nakhon, as they serve yummy yet affordable dishes! Do note that the Jumbo Goldmine Hotpot is ONLY available at the Kitchener Road Branch. 


Thai Goldmine Kitchen

147 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208524 | Tel: +65 6909 2020
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mondays 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

[random] IRVINS BLOCK PARTY + Victor's Kitchen + Tampopo

Baby and I spent our fri-date at Tampopo which is located at Takashimaya Shopping Centre. This eatery place is well-known for their Kuro Buta Tonkatsu and Kuro Buta Shabu Ramen. And YES, we ordered both of them as our mains.


We shared the yummy croquette, and the damage was SGD52. My little treat for my Baby! 


After the meal, we went to collect my winning from Guardian. Thanks for selecting me to win the Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser! 


As our car has been in the workshop for 2 weeks, but this didn't stop us to fulfil our weekend dates! As usual, he will still travel from his place to my place to meet me before we head together for our date. We took the train - DT LINE from my place to Bencoolen Station for our destination, Sunshine Plaza, as my Baby is craving for dim sum. Due to loss of car, we didn't have any weekend Dim Sum brunch since then. 


We decided to re-visit 'Victor's Kitchen', a popular eatery/dim sum place which we had tried before. Upon reaching the premises, we were greeted by moderate queues, but that didn't turn us away!



The chicken feet were flavorful and yummy, but most importantly, they contained collagen!






I love their version of Steamed Carrot Cake which is served with a side of XO sauce and soy sauce. It tasted incredibly delicious, and had a good balance of moistness. Juicy radish slices were hidden within the gluey mixture of rice pudding!


The damage was pretty hefty though, as I felt it was within the same price range of say, Crystal Jade Kitchen. We paid SGD43 for our meal! 



We walked over to Plaza Singapura for the IRVINS BLOCK PARTY. We picked up an 'Irvins passport and started on our adventure! Once we cleared all the stations, we were given a chance to participate in a Lucky Dip where merchandise could be won!


Baby took some candid shots when I was doing my stations' mission! 




Thanks Baby for the nice photos which were taken at the roadshow! 



We went for some Chinese desserts at the basement. My weekend day out was well-spent with my Baby. Thanks people for popping by my humble space and happy reading! Stay tuned for more updates... 


Lastly, my sweetest Baby got me a Magic Snow BB Cushion from APRILSKIN. Thanks Baby for your small token that touched me greatly! How can I not love him? Hahahaha...